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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

Weather Network gets the Wink; CSG extends TWC deal

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Under a new deal, Canada's The Weather Network will use broadcasting technology from Wink Communications that gives viewers access to "forecast conditions of their choice, 24 hours a day," Wink says. Users also can see commercials, ask for more information or buy directly from the advertiser via their remotes.

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Roseville finishes phase one of FTTH rollout

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Just slightly behind its Q4 schedule, Roseville Telephone finished phase one of its fiber-to-the-home program in certain Roseville, Calif., neighborhoods. Roseville, a California-based unit of SureWest Communications, says the program extends its existing fiber-to-the-curb infrastructure to Del Webb's Sun City Roseville Community and parts of the Highland Reserve and Diamond Oaks neighborhoods.

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Microsoft to roll out multiplayer gaming service

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

After selling about 1.5 million gaming consoles between Nov. 15 and the end of 2001, Microsoft Corp., maker of the Xbox, said it plans to roll out the machine's multiplayer gaming service in the first half of 2002. Cable operators have noted that the Xbox, in a massive, multiplayer environment, could give rise to a variety of bandwidth management and provisioning issues.

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Cox gets the message

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cox Communications said it has selected Openwave Systems Inc.'s messaging platform for a growing cable modem service that stands at more than 779,000 residential customers. The IP-based Openwave Email Mx platform is configured for a variety of messaging applications, including unified messaging, instant messaging and multimedia messaging.

SCTE retools job bank

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has teamed with BroadbandCareers.Com to create an enhanced online job bank targeted to engineers, managers, technicians and installers. Replacing SCTE's former job bank, the new service enables job seekers to post resumes and receive notice of relevant job postings.

MSOs forge IP backbone for a post-@Home world

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Preparing for the inevitable shuttering of Excite@Home Corp. at the end of this month, the high-speeder's affiliates began tapping outside parties to create their own national IP backbones. Cox Communications, for one, said it is deploying Cisco Systems Internet routers and switches to create a backbone capable of handling traffic for its 779,000 cable modem customers.

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Cablevision launches broadband portal

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp. has relaunched OptOnline.net, a broadband portal designed to showcase content designed for high-speed, cable modem connections. Targeted to Cablevision's Optimum Online cable modem customers, the portal features news, music and video clips from the MSO's media properties as well as its outside content partners, including News 12, MSG Networks, American Movie Clas...

Trio to create Linux testing lab

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Three broadband vendors plan to launch Triarc Content Labs to independently develop, test and integrate Linux-based content and applications on Motorola Broadband's DCT-5000 line of set-tops. The trio aims to speed time-to-market of new and interactive services using a Linux environment. The lab–brainchild of Motorola's Broadband Communications Sector, Metrowerks and Lineo–is ...

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Moxi's fortunes rely on middleware

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

After operating in stealth mode for several months, Steve Perlman's Rearden Steel Technologies finally opened up its fortified kimono to reveal a new brand identity, a broadband strategy and a deal with DBS giant EchoStar Communications. Shedding its Rearden Steel moniker, the Palo Alto, Calif.

SCTE's Oksala gets ANSI board post

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Enhancing cable's presence with the nation's standards body, Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers Vice President of Standards Stephen Oksala was recently elected to the board of directors of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). In that role, Oksala, an ANSI board member since 1990, will be involved with the group's governance and policy development.

The six-day network switch

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Leslie Ellis, Technology Analyst | Comments

Maybe it was the adrenaline rush of being essential during a very real crisis. Maybe it was the thrill of proving to Excite@Home and the world– but especially to Excite@Home– that cable operators aren't as dumb as fireplugs after all. Maybe it was both.Whichever. Regardless, hundreds of AT&T employees decided to be the hands that caught the broadband data subscribers dumpe...

S-A starts shipping DVB set-tops to U.K.

January 30, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Twenty-five thousand cable modems went last year, but Scientific-Atlanta just shipped the first of 200,000 Explorer 4000DVB set-top boxes to Telewest in the United Kingdom. Telewest, thus far S-A's only customers for the box, ordered the set-tops in June, and purchase orders for the first part of the shipment came in in December, says S-A spokeswoman Nicole Hockin.

Global Crossing to trade on OTCBB; accounting eyed

January 30, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Make that OTCBB: GBLXQ. On the heels of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing and amid reports of warnings last year on its accounting practices, Global Crossing started trading today on the OTC Bulletin Board. Formerly NYSE: GX, Global Crossing announced its new ticker and exchange late yesterday. On Monday, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States and Bermuda, and announced...

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TechTV exec on Charter board; Level 3 sells dark fiber to D.C.

January 30, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

SONICblue Inc. is expanding its ReplayTV strategy by launching a new digital video recorder into the retail market during the second half of the year. The new product will use features from ReplayTV 4000, although a price wasn't available. … AM Communications Inc. will move its headquarters, effective tomorrow, to 1900 AM Drive, Quakertown, Pa.

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Cartel concerns could quash Liberty/DT deal

January 30, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Liberty Media Corp. received a formal statement of objections from Germany's Cartel Authority about Liberty's proposed $4.76 billion acquisition of six regional cable TV companies from Deutsche Telekom AG. The cartel could reject the merger if Liberty doesn't resolve the objections. The cartel reportedly questions Liberty's ability to own both the network and last-mile access.

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